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Over the holidays…

While I was in Ohio for the holidays, I finally had the time to create and mail my holiday cards. I am fortunate to have an extremely awesome step-father who is an artist and stamp collector, and he provided me with tons of old stamps to use for my envelopes (he also told Santa to stash stacks of canceled vintage stamps and postcards in my stocking).

{ My holiday cards. Kind of hard to tell, but they’re cardstock cut into stocking shapes, and then I stamped them and adhered scalloped-edged paper cut-outs and baker’s twine and… a bit much, but fun. 🙂 }

{ Envelopes for my holiday cards, including stamped and handwritten tags plus old postage stamps. }

{ Backside. }

Also, a friend/colleague of mine asked me to hand-letter her wedding program, menu, and place cards for her winter snowflake-themed nuptials. So I had fun creating those as well, although I worried that they ended up a bit too “busy” with all the text. But Catherine said she liked them, so I was happy.

{ Front cover of the wedding program. }

{ Front cover (left) and back cover (right) of wedding program. }

{ Inside of program. }

{ Wedding menu. }

{ Wedding menu. }

{ Place cards, twined up according to table #. }

{ The whole collection. }

I am realizing that these photos aren’t the best quality. Casualty of being away from home.

Hope you all had a very happy holiday and that the new year is off to a stellar start!

DĂ©coupages

S ome ridiculously lovely images from vintage French albums de dĂ©coupages, borrowed from Agence Eureka’s (insanely awesome) Flickr stream, which you should visit pronto. Just as soon as you check out these kernels of cool, that is:

Let’s go on an excursion!

Loving these vintage Portuguese transportation ads — particularly the awesome lettering, which I found over at Dias que Voam, which you should visit PRONTO.

The majuscule letters (do we say that in English? for capital letters?) at the bottom of the first ad above kind of remind me of the style of lettering I used for lettering the names on my last round of family tree orders (finally shipped!):

Silhouette Masterpiece Theatre

Created by artist, taxidermist, and all-around cool guy Wilhelm Staehle, Silhouette Masterpiece Theatre presents silhouetted figures (sometimes humans, sometimes animals) in occasionally prickly situations, coupled with witty (and often punny. Not “puny.” Punny.) text. Tickets to the Theatre are free. Here are some previews of what you can expect:

{ This one’s my favorite due to the Baudelairian Dandy reference. Of course. }

Follow Wilhelm Staehle on Twitter HERE.

Thanks once again to WeLoveTypography.com for introducing me to another fabulous artist!

French Friday: NoĂ«l arrive!

For this installment of French Friday, I offer you a bevy of lovely, Frenchified holiday items, ranging from gift tags to pillows! All items are available on Etsy: please support handmade artists by clicking on the links below each item!

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Mel’s ATCs

I was looking up some vintage Remington ads, and I randomly stumbled upon a Flickr set devoted to ATCs (Artist Trading Cards), which I had never heard of. In case you haven’t heard of them either: they’re basically mini collages, and there’s this whole community of artists who make and trade them. I have to admit, after looking at Mel’s Flickr set of her ATCs, I’m super tempted to try some of my own. I’ll keep you posted if that actually happens.

Some of my favorite images from Mel’s Flickr stream:

That last one is a clock, isn’t that cool?

ps) the Ohio references make this native Ohioan (me) very happy.

***THANKSGIVING DAY PROMOTION!***

***HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU ALL!***

I hope you’re having a lovely, cozy, pumpkin pie-filled day.

In honor of this, one of my oh-so favorite holidays, I wanted to show my gratitude for you all and offer a special Thanksgiving Day promotion in my Etsy shop: Place any family tree order by midnight E.S.T. tonight and receive FREE SHIPPING! Trees range in size from 5″x7″ (New Baby Tree) to 18″x24″ (Large Family Tree). Shipping can get expensive… but not today! 🙂

Additional reminder: Today is the deadline to order a family tree if you would like to make sure that it’s shipped in time for the holidays.

My family trees are hand-drawn, hand-cut, hand-glued, and a lot of other entirely handmade acts. I customize them exactly how you wish, taking into account your color preferences, name and label preferences, framing preferences, etc.. Please feel free to convo me if you have  any questions or if you’d simply like to brainstorm! For info and images, click over to my Etsy shop HERE.